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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

PhD Seminar/Workshop: "Heavenly Questions": Text and Translations, Interpretive Traditions, and Comparative Contexts

PhD Seminar/Workshop, Friday, November 29 till Sunday, December 01, 2019


The "Heavenly Questions" 天問 is a long rhyming poem attributed to Ou Yuan and composed entirely in the interrogative mood.

In this course we will examine the text from several distinct points of view, not attempting to answer any fundamental questions about its nature, but rather familiarizing ourselves with the multilayered debates and discourses that surround the text.


Prof. Dr. Nick Morrow Williams (The University of Hong Kong)


Friday, November 29, 2019, 2 - 5 pm

Saturday, November 30, 2019, 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday, December 01, 2019, 9 am - 12 noon

Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Room ZUB 317, Zürichbergstrasse 4, 8032 Zürich


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies – Sinology